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Report Presentation: “Opening Doors: Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa” (Marseille)

The CMI brought together about 70 representatives from the academia, civil societies and development institutions to discuss the findings of the new World Bank report entitled “Opening Doors: Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa.” Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President for the MENA region and Tara Vishwanath, World Bank Lead Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group, were at the CMI to present the report “Opening Doors: Gender Equality and Development in the Middle East and North Africa.” The report identifies a vast set of economic, legal, and cultural hurdles that have kept the region’s women out of public life and out of the labor market. Despite the great strides taken by women over the last four decades in health and higher education, the report details the multiple challenges women face. The report was discussed with a diverse group of academics, civil society representatives, female entrepreneurs, and representatives of development institutions.